What is interrupted?

Updated: 4/28/2022
User Avatar

Wiki User

12y ago

Best Answer

A computer hardware interrupt is where a peripheral device is allowed to send a signal to the CPU that signals that it needs attention. Arrival of this, will make the CPU save current context (the "registers")and start a "handler" that is defined to trap and handle the signal.

The interrupt may be a keyboard key being pressed, and the handler will interpret the "event" with a "mask" to identify where it comes from. It will then hand over the result to the operating system, that wakes up the application that is waiting for the keyboard input, and makes it available to this.

The CPU will trap interrupts from 0 first to the higher number 15. So, if the Handler spends to much time processing, other interrupts may be lost. When the "interrupt vector" has been cleared, execution is resumed according to the policy of the short term dispatcher in the operating system.

User Avatar

Wiki User

13y ago
This answer is:
User Avatar
More answers
User Avatar

Wiki User

12y ago

to cause to break off or cease in the middle of something.

This answer is:
User Avatar

Add your answer:

Earn +20 pts
Q: What is interrupted?
Write your answer...
Still have questions?
magnify glass
Related questions

What is correct will not be interrupted or will be not interrupted?

Will not be interrupted is correct

What are some antonyms for interrupted?

disturbed is a antonym for interrupted

Why was the Hanukkah interrupted?

There is no tradition of the holiday of Hanukkah being interrupted.

What is the ISBN of A House Interrupted?

The ISBN of A House Interrupted is 0060724277.

What is the duration of The Interrupted Journey?

The duration of The Interrupted Journey is 1.33 hours.

How many pages does A House Interrupted have?

A House Interrupted has 280 pages.

When was Interrupted Melody?

Interrupted Melody was created on 1955-03-25.

How is an array name interrupted?

for example: long int interrupted [10];

When was An Interrupted Divorce created?

An Interrupted Divorce was created on 1916-08-06.

When was The Interrupted Journey created?

The Interrupted Journey was created on 1949-10-12.

When was A House Interrupted created?

A House Interrupted was created on 2011-05-31.

When was Interrupted Melody created?

Interrupted Melody was created on 1955-03-25.